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UIS experiences highest enrollment in its history

September 6, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Enrollment at the University of Illinois at Springfield this fall is the largest ever in the institution's 36-year history.  A record number of freshmen and more international and online students helped boost total enrollment to 4,761 students, surpassing the previous record of 4,702 students set in fall 1995.

"It was truly a campuswide effort that brought us to this record enrollment at UIS," said Lori Giordano, Director of Admissions.

Besides enrollment, UIS is also setting other records this fall, according to Marya Leatherwood, Director of Enrollment Management. "This is one of the most diverse student bodies in the history of the campus with respect to geography, race, and ethnicity. Students enrolled as freshmen have come from across the state of Illinois, with about 40% from Chicago and its suburbs and nearly 30% from the Springfield area."  She also noted that more than 300 international students are attending UIS this fall, the most ever.

As UIS became a full-fledged four-year university this fall, a record 253 freshmen enrolled, an 83% increase over last fall's 138 freshmen.  The enrollment of transfer and graduate students is also up, and students enrolled in online degree programs and courses increased for the 17th consecutive semester.

Ray Schroeder, Director of Technology-Enhanced Learning, said 1,971 students are taking at least one online class offered by UIS this fall, and 958 students are enrolled in the university's 12 fully online degree programs.  "Nearly 40% of the students enrolled in online degree programs are from outside Illinois. They are living in 46 states and two provinces as well as Argentina, Austria, Canada, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, and Poland," Schroeder said. 

The bright enrollment picture shows that 244 more students are enrolled this fall compared to last fall, a 5.4% increase. There are 2,758 undergraduates enrolled this fall compared to last fall's 2,634. At the graduate level, 2,003 students are enrolled, 120 more than last year.

In addition, an enrollment trend of more UIS students taking heavier course loads (more credit hours) continues this fall at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Students at the undergraduate level are considered full time when they take 16 or more credit hours per semester.  Graduate students are full time when they take 12 or more credit hours.

The highest enrolled programs of study this fall are business administration, computer science, educational leadership, accountancy, and psychology.

The increase in enrollment has put student housing at full capacity, with more than 850 students living in on-campus apartments, townhouses, and Lincoln Residence Hall.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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